2 months ago I have written a post about my heartbreak of having to go back to work. How I didn’t want to do it, and I couldn’t imagine how I will cope with leaving Chloe. I must say that as all of you advised; it wasn’t that bad.
Don’t get me wrong, first week was hard!!! Evening before going back to work I was a mess !On the first day I cried all the time, and I didnt enjoy being back at work. By the end of week two it felt as if I had never been away on maternity leave. 😊
I am lucky to have a job which I am passionate about and which keeps me so busy that the day just flies by.
It’s not easy being a working mum (especially living with the guilt of leaving your child all the time) but if you get organised its not that hard at all. The key is to rest once everything is done; not the other way around 😂😂😂 That way you are tired but you have everything under control. This is an example of a day of a working mum:
4:15 am – Alarm goes off , it’s time to start the day ! On a good night I will sleep undisturbed for a whole night , on a bad one I will be lucky to get 2 hours all together! (a teething baby is worse than having a new born baby!!!!!) Get ready for work creeping around the house so that I don’t wake up Hubby or Chloe is the norm, (I even worry that my bones are making too much noise).
4:50am- make sure that everything is ready for my parents in law to look after Chloe (notes, food etc) or that Chloe has everything packed for the nursery.
5:00 am – out of the house to get a train, then a tube … and another tube … This also is my breakfast time, and that’s when my caffeine deprivation starts to kick in … It’s 5 am and I had only one coffee !!!!!!
6:00 am – start work and keep dreaming about coffee until around 10am – that’s my next caffeine fix 😁. Once I get to work I don’t have time for anything, it’s full on from 6am until 3pm. This is great as I don’t have the time to miss Chloe (or eat). I make one quick phonecall to make sure that Chloe is ok and to hear that she is doing amazingly well and isn’t missing her mummy at all (which is great but also a little bit upsetting… How can you not miss your mummy ?!)
3:00pm – finish work (or should have finished but its very rare that I get out in time) and run home as fast as I can to see my baby.
4:00pm – 5:30pm is the precious time I get to spend with my daughter! Sometimes I get home to an amazing welcome with happy screams, hugs and kisses. Sometimes to Chloe screaming with excitement at the sound of the door then seeing that it’s me, saying Heeyyyaaa and going back to play …( Eehh thanks for that… I haven’t been missing you all day at all…)
This is the precious time that I have with Chloe to play and have quality time with her. I leave my phone and don’t look at it (95% of the time😁), I dont tidy, I don’t cook I just enjoy her. It is by far the best time of the day.
5:30pm -6:00pm prepare dinner for me, my husband and Chloe. You see I don’t cook in the week I prepare all of my meals over the weekend and just finish them off on the day or just reheat them. Chloe’s precious 2 hour nap in the afternoon is a 2 hour cooking session for me. I tend to cook one meal and prepare another one for the evening.
6:00pm Daddy comes back home (at best but it can be much later dependent on his work) and we have a family dinner.
6:30pm bath and bed time story.
7:00pm Chloe is alsleep and us (Chloes little servants😂) get to work with preparing food for Chloe for the next day, writing notes for grandparents, preparing Chloe’s clothes, etc.
7:30pm -8:00pm tidy up all of the toys and then we can sit down with a glass of wine, relax and have some grown up time.
10:00pm – ZZZZzzzzzzzz
It is a very full on day, and you don’t stop until you collapse on the sofa in the evening. But if you are organised it’s not hard at all (just a little bit tiring)